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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Open Blog Thursday 8-21-08

August 21, 2008 at 05:12 AM

Dove season is rapidly approaching and it’s time to get as much work done now before the fun starts. With that in mind, can you help me fill this hole?

FROM Allen Gale of Pekin:

Just a note to inform you I had turtle a week ago at Butlers in Mapleton and it was really good. But not as good as when we fixed our own. We fried it in a cast iron dutch cooker and then baked it for an hour or two( added a cup or two of water) and that made the best milk gravy you ever tasted. I also have my old turtle hook hanging in the garage and it was used a lot. One time on the Sugar Creek where it and Salt Creek join my dad and I got eight turtles out of one spot. They were piled on top of each other and that was the best haul we ever got out of one spot.

FROM Herb Unkrich of Edwards:

Here is the bluebird update, this will my next to last report as things are winding down for the year. I have 7 boxes still with babies which 6 of those will be fledging in a few days and 6 boxes still with eggs. Year to date: Nests - 130, Eggs - 562, Hatched - 435, Fledged - 368. It looks like I will be over last year (395) by breaking the 400 mark. This was the worst year for a long time with sparrows. I had been running 68 to 72 per year, this year I got 109. I had several boxes where I had 3 nesting last year that I never was able to get any to fledge due to sparrows. The wren’s were also worse this year. I had raccoons in three boxes also. They made it up half-inch electrical conduit with grease on it!

FROM Rich Klockenga:

This spring I built and raised two bat houses, One three-crevice and one five-crevice house. They are back to back on one pole that I put up the first of June and by the end of the month I had a maternity colony of little brown bats that numbered 24 plus bats on exit three different evenings at dusk at the end of June. Now the young pups are flying and many of them are out of the bat boxes. Only 2 to 4 on the evening exit lately. Upon checking my bluebird houses the last few mornings I’ve found 2 pups had entered one BB house one morning and one bat pup had entered another BB house this morning. I guess they are just finding their way around this big world of ours. Might be a sign the friends of bats need to put up more housing for them. Check out Batcon.org for plenty of bat info and this is a forum I use.

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